Music Resources for Lent

Celtic cross Mayne Island

Music is such a wonderful aid to meditation and reflection that I realize the need to help all of us find appropriate music to assist us in this. Obviously there are hundreds  if not thousands of songs and musical pieces out there that would be appropriate so I have tried to post a sampling from different traditions. Please do add your suggestions in the comment section as this is another new resource list for me. The other resource lists in this series are Celebrating Lent with Kids and Resources for Lent and Daily Scripture Readings for Lent. Closer to Holy Week I will post another set of resources for Palm Sunday and beyond.

And don’t forget to check out the MSA resources:

Our latest resource, 40+ Activities for Lent and Easter, which can be downloaded for free from the MSA website. This guide is designed to be used in conjunction with our other new resources (below) or as a stand alone guide:

Gungor’s song Beautiful Things is a powerful song of brokenness and transformation

A beautiful Celtic tune A Lenten Journey

Reflective Music For Lent and Easter


And a beautiful reflective song from one of my favourite musicians Jeff Johnson

Handel’s Messiah is now traditionally known as a Christmas piece but was originally written for Easter.

Te Deum – 5th Century  is attributed to two Fathers and Doctors of the Church, St. Ambrose and St. Augustine and is one the most majestic chants in the Liturgy of the Church.

These Gregorian chants from Assisi are beautiful to listen to as a focus for reflection.

The St Matthew Passion, is a sacred oratorio from the Passions written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander . It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music. If you choose to listen to this make sure you have plenty of time – it is over 2 hours long.

All Glory Laud and Honour is the traditional hymn to sing on Palm Sunday

The Power of the Cross – A beautiful reflective hymn for Good Friday.

And another classic – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

The Old Rugged Cross – another old favourite